As a food editor, eating all kinds of things — both delicious and disastrous — is part of the job description. Not everything that goes into my mouth ends up in a review or article, but some things are just too good not to share.
I should preface this by saying that I am not a juice person. After years spent in the Arabian Gulf, where the idea of forgoing a glass of super-sweet juice in favor of water was unthinkable madness in the mind of a host, I have had my fair share of fresh juice and juice cocktails. It is not something I willingly choose. But in the tremendous heat of the last few weeks, I've been feeling parched and there is only so much plain ol' water one can drink.
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That may be why, despite my juice aversion, the massive, Big Gulp-sized cups in which fruit slices were suspended in an unknown liquid, caught my eye at Boba Tree. I asked about it and was informed that it was their "crazy fruit tea." It sounded sweet. But after the guys working at the counter insisted I try it, I gave in.
Turns out that the so-called "crazy fruit tea" is a delicate, iced jasmine tea served in an extra-large cup stuffed with fresh slices of pineapple, orange, kiwi, strawberry, and whatever else they have on hand, fruit-wise. Sweetened with just a touch of passion fruit juice, the tea is infused with a whisper of the flavor of the fruit bobbing inside. Best of all, it isn't sugary or all that sweet at all.
It was, hands-down, the most refreshing drink I've had all summer. The biggest perk was the fresh fruit, which became grabbable as I drank down the tea. The slices take on a bit of the green tea herbaciousness, and are about as refreshing as the drink itself.